Photo by Lloyd Wolf
Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI)
Local, State, Regional, and National Partnerships to Build Community Capacity and Diversify Coalfield Economies in Southwest Virginia
Radford University students worked with Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI), a multi-member grassroots organization comprised of several Southwest Virginia counties, to collect river stories from individuals who have grown up along the Clinch River. This project supported two of the CRVI’s goals, which are 1) to offer environmental education to people of all ages and 2) to revitalize and market downtowns along the river, as well as boost entrepreneurial opportunities.
The stories collected by Radford University students resulted in a book that will be sold at Clinch River venues and online to locals and tourists alike. Select audio clips from the interviews will be used in kiosks along the Clinch River, and can also be used on Clinch community and business websites and in paddling itineraries.
Dr. Theresa Burriss
Chair, Appalachian Studies
Director, Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center
P.O. Box 7014
Radford, VA 24142
Telephone: (540) 831-6857
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2015 2014 2013 2011 2010 2009